French Navy's Dixmude LHD & frigate La Fayette visit Indonesia

According to a tweet published by Naval Group on March 29, 2023, French Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock Dixmude and frigate La Fayette are making a port visit in Indonesia.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 French Mistral class LHD Dixmude. (Picture source: Naval Group)

Dixmude was laid down on 20 January 2010 and launched on 17 September 2010. It was commissioned on 27 December 2012 and is currently based in Toulon.

The Mistral-class has a displacement of 16,500 tons when empty, 21,300 tons when fully loaded, and 32,300 tons with ballast. The ship is 199 meters in length and 32 meters in beam, with a draught of 6.3 meters.

The class is powered by four Wärtsilä 16V32 diesel engines generating 6.2 MW each, and is propelled by two Rolls-Royce Mermaid azimuth thrusters with 5-bladed fixed pitch propellers, giving it a top speed of 18.8 knots.

She has a range of 5,800 nautical miles at 18 knots and 10,700 nautical miles at 15 knots. The ship can carry 2 barges, one Leclerc battalion, and 70 vehicles, as well as 450 passengers or 900 for a short cruise, and a 150-man operational headquarters.

The Mistral-class is armed with 2 Simbad missile systems, 2 x 20 mm modèle F2 guns, 2 × 30 mm Breda-Mauser autocannons, 2 x 7.62 × 51 mm M134 miniguns, and 4 × 12.7 mm M2-HB Browning machine guns. It can carry up to 16 heavy or 35 light helicopters, making it a key asset for amphibious assault and other military operations.